Can Groupthink also be Useful?

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Probal DasGupta
CEO, United States
🔥NEW Even though Groupthink is largely negative, it is not all bad. Software Engineering has spawned a new software development paradigm that actually utilizes the negative effects of Groupthink for a very positive use. What is Groupthink? Janis (1972) defines Groupthink as “A mode of thinking that people engage in when they are deeply involved in a cohesive in-group, when the members' strivings for unanimity override their motivation to realistically appraise alternative courses of action” (p. 9). Groupthink occurs when a group makes faulty decisions because group pressures lead to a deterioration of “mental efficiency, reality testing, and moral judgment” (Janis, 1972, p. 9). Janis (1972, 1982) identified at least eight common symptoms of Groupthink: --1-- Illusion of invulnerability (Creates excessive optimism that encourages taking extreme risks) --2-- Collective rationalization (Members discount warnings and do not reconsider their assumptions) --3-- Belief in inherent mora (...) Read more? Sign up for free


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